CareFusion just unveiled the new Snowden-Pencer line of laparoscopic instruments. The devices are designed for easy disassembly so that cleaning and sterilization are an easier process, making these reusable devices more competitive (and more cost-effective) than throw-aways.
The new line features smart snap-on connections and special markings to make assembly intuitive while preventing accidental disconnections so that the units stay together confidently during an operation.
From the announcement:
The new line of take-apart instruments features three components designed to be intuitively assembled and disassembled, increasing the ability to visually inspect the instrument during cleaning. The instrument also features both audible and visual cues to help ensure it has been properly and securely assembled.
The take-apart instrument line contains a versatile ring-handle design with an integrated ratchet mechanism, allowing surgeons to easily and quickly adjust the ratchet. The ring-handle design also accommodates both traditional precision-style grips and palm grips. The ergonomic ring handle also distributes pressure more evenly, helping reduce the potential for intraoperative hand fatigue.
The versatility of the instrument line enables surgeons to select handles and shafts and choose from more than 55 grasper, dissector and clamp inserts to create a customized configuration that meets the specific needs of the procedure and the surgeon.
Product page: Snowden-Pencer take-apart laparoscopic instruments